2019 DUS Conference

The DUS Conference|On Innovative Academic Advising
September 26, 2019
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA

The Eighteenth Annual DUS Conference is provided by Penn State's Division of Undergraduate Studies with sponsorship from the University Faculty Senate, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Office of Undergraduate Education, and The Mentor: Innovative Scholarship on Academic Advising.

Conference Details

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM–4:00 PM

Location: The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel 

Purpose: The DUS Advising Conference seeks to showcase novel research and practices that contribute to the field of academic advising. To meet the changing needs of our students and to overcome the challenges facing higher education, academic advisers must examine and evolve their practice to incorporate new scholarship and innovative ideas. We invite you to reflect on advising practices and to contemplate new ways to enhance the advising experience for all students. We look forward to conversation that examines the field of advising and its future.


Registration for the 2019 DUS Conference is now open. Please complete the online registration form.


A guestroom block has been reserved at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. When reserving a room through the guestroom block, please reference GROUP CODE: ACAD19A.

The group rate is $125.00 per room. This rate does not apply to deluxe guestrooms and suites. This guestroom block rate expires Sunday, August 25, 2019.

All individual reservation cancellations within 24 hours of arrival date are subject to a cancellation charge equivalent to one night stay.

If the Penn Stater is full, there are many other lodging options within the State College area including the Nittany Lion Inn located on the University Park campus.

Conference at a Glance



Event / Session

7:45 a.m. – noon

Outside Presidents Hall 1 & 2


7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

Break areas


8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Presidents Hall 1 & 2


Shana Clarke, M.A., Conference Chair

David R. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Advising and Executive Director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Presidents Hall 1 & 2


Facilitating Success of All Students: Examining Experiences of Traditionally Underserved Populations

Josipa Roksa, Ph.D. 

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.

Break areas


10:00 – 11:00 a.m.


Concurrent Sessions #1

Garden of Growth: Cultivating Resourceful and Adaptable Students


204 Using Prior Learning Pathways as Prerequisites: An Updated Look at Student Success in Subsequent Courses


206 Students in Collegiate Recovery Programs: A Multi-Site Study


207 Integration and Use of Starfish for Serving the Undergraduate Student Community at Penn State


208 Supporting and Empowering First-Generation College Students

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Break areas


11:15 – 12:15 p.m.


Concurrent Sessions #2

Student Health and Academic Success: A Collaboration Between Advising and Health Promotion


204 Title IX Responsibilities for Academic Advisers


206 Collaborative Cross-Training Online: Competency-Based Learning Between Career Services and Academic Advising


207 The Notebook: Your Guide to Onboarding


208 Understanding the Financial Need of Penn State Students: An Update from Student Aid and Implications for Advising

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Presidents Hall 1 & 2

Lunch (buffet)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.


Concurrent Sessions #3

Introducing Nittany Lion Careers: What Academic Advisers Need to Know


204 Sustainable Advising and EOP/CSP Program Partnerships


206 Getting an American Education: Supporting International Students


207 Not All Study Abroad Programs Are Created Equal: Advising Strategies to Encourage Personal and Professional Student Growth


208 Worldwide What? Preparing Residential, Campus-Based Students for Online Courses

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Break areas Break: Light refreshments

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.


Concurrent Sessions #4

The Second Year Matters, Too


206 4-Year Career Success Plan


207 Enhancing Student Engagement and Retention with Universal Design for Learning


208 (Re)Considering White Masculinity: Applying Cultural Competency Skills When Advising White Male Students

4:00 – 5:00 pm.

Presidents Hall 2

Conference Networking Reception

Cash bar (ID required)


Submit a Session Proposal

The deadline to submit a session proposal has passed. We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 DUS Conference. If you haven't already, be sure to register using the online registration form


Contact Shana Clarke, Conference Committee, at spc83@psu.edu or 814-865-7576.